Access to quality education is essential to ending the cycle of disease and poverty in Africa. Educating girls strongly correlates with reduced poverty, increased life expectancy and improved quality of life. We know that an extra year of education increases a girls’ income by 10 to 20 percent and it is considered to be a significant step on the road to breaking the cycle of poverty. Educated girls mean the chance of a better life for themselves and their children, a more prosperous community, a better workforce and a wealthier nation. Women reinvest 90% of their income back into the household, whereas men reinvest only 30% to 40%. Essentially, educating girls is one of the best long-term investments a community can make.
Of students walking to school, half a million in South Africa walk for more than an hour– up to 6km each way– thus impacting concentration and learning ability.
Over 60% of students who walk to school in South Africa are in the lowest income group and rural students (8.1%) are more likely than urban (3%) or metropolitan (2.7%) students to walk more than 60 minutes to school.
The challenge of distance results in increased tardiness, frequent absenteeism, exhaustion and often the complete withdrawal of the child from the education system.
A nation’s greatest resource for solving critical national issues in areas of national concern is in its talented and educated children. Unless the children are able to complete basic education during their development in elementary and secondary school years, their potential to assist the nation’s future hangs in the balance. One predominant reason for children not being able to access school in rural areas is the consequence of distance which discourages regular attendance and lower performance.
Qhubeka distributes bicycles to students, teachers and school volunteers to improve access to education, reduce travel time and improve educational outcomes. Students earn bicycles through study-to-own contracts. In the short term, bicycles reduce children’s exhaustion from walking to school and help them attend regularly. In the long term, bicycles will help children complete their education, preparing them for better jobs and reducing likelihood of extreme poverty.
BreakAway Rides in association with Kate Slegrova Cycle Training is committed to contribute to Qhubeka's mission to mobilize learners in South Africa.
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Katja & Kate
P.S. Read on about Qhubeka's amazing work: http://qhubeka.org/